National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Santiago

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Housed in a grand neoclassical building with an imposing facade of columns and arches, National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) houses over six million volumes of books and manuscripts. Step inside to behold the diverse interior decoration of the early 20th-century building. Dark reading rooms with heavy wooden paneling contrast the central hall, which has an Internet section separated by modern glass walls. Walk through whitewashed halls with skylights and climb marble staircases holding on to handrails of wrought iron. If you need to rest, an atrium with a coffee stand serves refreshments and light meals. Using our international travel planner, Santiago attractions like National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This stunning edifice is more than just a library, it stands as a testament to the importance of preserving the written word. In addition, various cultural and educational programs are held there. Whe...  more »
  • This is a beautiful old building, it looks very European, they do have security, but you can freely walk around the different areas, There was an exhibition on Don Quixote when we were there, it was q...  more »
  • We took a 'free' tour for tips by a local student wanting to improve his English. It was very interesting as rare and unique books were pointed out as well as the architecture of the building is impre...  more »
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  • Hidden gem. This national Library was built in a historic building completed in 1925 although its history traces to nineteenth century. Extensive collections include Chile's first newspaper. There is an English speaking information desk. A small section of the library contains children books. Worth a short visit after visiting Santa Lucia
  • Due to the crowds and the name in Spanish, you don't realize that you are walking past it initially, so watch out. Try to take a moment to stop and take it all in. Venture inside and you'll experience it in all its grandeur.
  • Peacefully library in middle of chaotic lovely Santiago to get take in reading
  • A peaceful place to get work done.
  • Great architecture